The Vile Practices of Church Leadership: Finance and Administration

The Vile Practices of Church Leadership: Finance and Administration

by Nate Berneking

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The Vile Practices of Church Leadership: Finance and Administration by Nate Berneking

Many pastors—just like the rest of the population--lack a basic understanding of financial and administrative matters. Most of us feel unprepared in matters of personal budgeting, health insurance, retirement savings and taxes. Finance and administration are often considered tedious, un-compelling, even ‘vile’ tasks. But pastors are required to offer leadership around these issues in a congregation. And so, since their pastors are poorly equipped in this area, many congregations struggle with budgeting, accounting, staff management, employee benefits, tax and basic legal matters.

Author Nate Berneking, attorney and MDiv., manages the finance and administration of a large denominational organization, and offers his expert counsel and practical advice here. Vile Practices provides theological language to equip pastors and other leaders to translate these matters for themselves, so that they can effectively lead their congregations. The first part of the book explores several personal matters for pastors, from budgeting to taxes. The second part demonstrates how to lead congregations in their own financial and administrative matters.





Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501818967
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nate Berneking is the Director of Financial and Administrative Ministries of the Missouri United Methodist Annual Conference. Find out more at nateberneking.com

Table of Contents

Introduction v

I Stating the Issues vi

II Basic Assumptions: Holy People for Holy Congregations vii

III Addressing the Issue: Becoming More Vile to Be More Holy xi

Part I Holy People

Chapter 1 Personal Generosity: Developing an Open Posture 3

I Practices and Patterns of Individual Generosity 4

II A Theological Approach to Generosity 17

Chapter 2 Personal Budgets: Planning for God's Work in Life 23

I Practices and Patterns of Personal Budgeting 24

II A Theological Approach to Personal Budgets 35

Chapter 3 Retirement Savings: Preparing for God's Work after a Paycheck 39

I Practices and Patterns of Individual Retirement Savings 40

II A Theological Approach to Saving 55

Chapter 4 Personal Taxes: Income, Social Security, and Medicare Taxes for Individuals 63

I Practices and Patterns of Tax Preparation 64

II A Theological Approach to Paying Taxes 79

Transition 85

Part II Holy Congregations

Chapter 5 Congregational Generosity: Practicing and Eliciting Trust 89

I Practices and Patterns of Congregational Generosity 91

II A Theological Approach to Congregational Generosity 105

Chapter 6 Congregational Budgeting: Planning and Honing Ministry 108

I Practices and Patterns of Congregational Budgeting 109

II A Theological Approach to Congregational Budgets 119

Chapter 7 Church Accounting: The Basics 123

I Practices and Patterns of Local Church Accounting 124

II A Theological Approach to Congregational Accounting 133

Chapter 8 Legal Matters: Maximizing a Congregations Resources for Ministry 137

I Practices and Patterns of Basic Church Legal Matters 138

II A Theological Approach to General Legal and Administrative Matters 158

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